1. Consider Boolean searching--combining your terms with AND, OR, NOT. See explanation in ABI/INFORM--Search tips--Operators, fields, and special characters.
2. Consider truncating. Most databases allow for finding variations of terms by using the symbol *. This ensures that variations of terms will appear--teen* will result in teen, teens, teenage, teenager, etc.
3. Use search limits on the right-hand side of your results page to narrow results by year, person, subject area, document type, publication title, location and other criteria.
4. If full-text is not directly available, Use the FIND FULL TEXT icon to see if an article is available online or in the library.
5. Try sorting search results by relevance rather than date to retrieve the articles that matched your search terms first.
You can find the sort by option on the upper right-hand side of your results page.
6. Review your results list and modify your search, if necessary, using terms you find in your results.